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Our Board

All our Board members are committed to promote senior independence.
Jim Owens

Jim Owens

President

Jim is a native of Myrtle Beach and attended Davidson College and UNC-Chapel Hill.  He served in the US Army and spent 37+ years with IBM in six US states, England, and the Netherlands

“I have been fortunate in that many people have helped me along my way, and now I have the opportunity to give back to those who are less fortunate than I am.  Neighbor to Neighbor gives me just that opportunity:  to serve others in a very humane way.”

 

John Eroszonak

John Eroszonak

Vice President

John grew up in the mountains of New Hampshire, but has been a very happy South Carolina resident for the last 18 years.  He is a graduate of St. Anselm College and had at least 2 careers, one working with deaf and Learning disabled adults and then for over 20 years in the computer business. He lives in Murrells Inlet with his wife of 42 years, Cathy. They have no pets.

“Neighbor to Neighbor has given me purpose since my retirement, and I feel very fortunate to be able to help seniors be more connected to the community. ” 

Beverly Jones

Beverly Jones

Treasurer

Beverly was born in PA, moved to NY, worked for a major insurance company for 25 years and moved to MA, NJ, FL, and back to PA during that time.  Raising two daughters and now grandmother to three, Beverly retired to Myrtle Beach five years ago.  She loves to travel too!

“I was blessed with parents who showed me the example of serving others.  I recognize the growing number of elderly in the Myrtle Beach community and feel that Neighbor to Neighbor is a service that helps those folks stay connected.  I feel fortunate to be a part of this organization.”

Jeanette Samra-Arteaga

Jeanette Samra-Arteaga

Secretary

Jeanette M. Samra-Arteaga, Esq., a NJ native, has resided in Murrells Inlet since 2005.  She has practiced law for 30 years in NJ and SC, is a notary public and president of the Law Office of Jeanette M. Samra-Arteaga, P.A. where she provides general legal services to multi-lingual clients.  She is an alumni of St. Dominic Academy in Jersey City, NJ, and also of Fordham University in New York, NY, where she earned both her BA and JD degrees.   

“In the legal field, I often encounter elderly clients who experience senior isolation in a variety of ways.  I try to look for other ways to help them improve their lives, and for resources that they can count on.  Neighbor to Neighbor provides the perfect combination of the two, and I’m happy to be part of that effort.”

Nancy Tansey

Nancy Tansey

Board Member

Nancy Tansey is an Ohio native.  She has a BSN from Ohio State University and masters from Univ. of Maryland. She moved to this area in 2002 with her husband and three girls.  

“As a Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, I understand the needs of older adults.  Neighbor to Neighbor is an important support and piece of the puzzle to help seniors remain at home and independent.”

Jennifer Sherman

Jennifer Sherman

Board Member

Jennifer is a native of Brunswick County, N.C. and was raised in the small fishing town of Calabash, N.C. She is the Vice President of Human Services at Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc. (BSRI), adjunct professor at Miller-Motte College in Wilmington, N.C., and has a 25 + year career in human services and pharmaceuticals.

“I am passionate about making a difference in my community and honored to serve on the board of Neighbor to Neighbor. I believe everyone should have access to affordable transportation providing access to medical care, employment, community resources, and recreational opportunities. I am motivated to remove barriers to create change and offer hope in the lives of others.”

Maria Wolbert

Maria Wolbert

Board Member

Growing up in a family of teachers, doctors and hospital workers, Maria was taught to care about people and grew to be passionate about helping those in need. Following her graduation from Coastal Carolina University, Maria decided to make the beautiful Myrtle Beach area her permanent home, residing here since 2011. 

“In recent years, I became more aware of the problem of senior isolation and how devastating it is for the health and wellbeing of our most vulnerable populations. Moreover, the dire need of transportation for older homebound adults has become evident to me while working for Amedisys Home Health. The Mission Statement of N2N has rang truly close to my heart, and I am dedicated to promoting and advancing its Mission and Vision in Myrtle Beach area and beyond. “

Chris Bryant

Chris Bryant

Board Member

After retiring to Myrtle Beach after a forty year career in real estate title examination, Chris fell in love with the mission of Neighbor To Neighbor.

“Helping seniors to be able to remain at home and still be active and engaged spoke loudly to me, and I am excited to be a part of N2N’s outreach.”

Christel Bell

Christel Bell

Board Member

Christel is a native of Houston, Texas and attended University of Houston and Xavier University, New Orleans. She has more than 12 years experience in broadcast journalism working as a television anchor, reporter and producer at stations in Texas, South Carolina and Missouri.

From the day I learned about the Neighbor to Neighbor program I was drawn to the cause.  I love our seniors, I cherish them, and  am passionate about their well being. 

Every time I get to drive them to their destination, it just warms my heart to interact with them. This organization does something that goes well beyond a ride and I’m thankful to be a part of it.”

Anita Brooks

Anita Brooks

Board Member

Her 30-year career was with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the largest Federal government biomedical research agency in the world.
Ms. Brooks began her career at the National Institute of Health in 1988 where she contributed to setting up the Human Genome Program (HGP). Over the course of the next ten years she served as a principal advisor on operational and governance issues, coordinating key staff projects and making recommendations related to continuous improvement of administrative and operational programs for the HGP. In 1999, she became the Principal Administrative Officer for the NIH Vaccine Research Center (VRC). As principal advisor to the VRC Scientific Director, she oversaw the staffing of programs, operations and the construction of the five-story structure which is approximately 85,000 square feet and houses laboratories, offices, administrative space, and conference facilities. In 2005, she became the Chief Administrative Officer for the Office of the Director, NIH. While in this position, she served for two years as the Acting Chief Executive Officer for the Office of Research Services and the Office of Research Facilities. She also served as a senior advisor in the NIH Office of the Director. In 2005, she was deployed to HHS Secretary Leavitt’s Operational Center for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, for which she was awarded an NIH Director’s Award.
Ms. Brooks earned her undergraduate degree from Trinity College. She is an alumnus of the Harvard Senior Executive Fellow Program, a graduate of the NIH Senior Leadership Program in partnership with the University of Maryland and the Executive Leadership Program with the United States Department of Agriculture graduate school. In September 2011 she was awarded the Excellence in Government Fellowship.
Anita is a transplant from Maryland and believes the secret to success is lifelong learning and giving back by volunteering. She is a member of the N2N Wellness Calls, Pantry and SALT Committees. She volunteers with the Low Country Food Bank and Churches Assisting People of Conway. She is also a member of the Conway Downtown Alive, Economic and Revitalization Committee. She served as the Vice Chair for the Board of Advisors of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Coastal Carolina University (OLLI@CCU) and spearheaded the OLLI@CCU Outreach Committee.
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